Juan-Min Zha

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BACKGROUND & AIMS The regulatory subunit of myosin light chain phosphatase, MYPT1, has been proposed to control smooth muscle contractility by regulating phosphorylation of the Ca(2+)-dependent myosin regulatory light chain. We generated mice with a smooth muscle-specific deletion of MYPT1 to investigate its physiologic role in intestinal smooth muscle(More)
Diarrhea is a host response to enteric pathogens, but its impact on pathogenesis remains poorly defined. By infecting mice with the attaching and effacing bacteria Citrobacter rodentium, we defined the mechanisms and contributions of diarrhea and intestinal barrier loss to host defense. Increased permeability occurred within 2 days of infection and(More)
Leiomyosarcoma is a rare malignant smooth muscle tumor which can be very unpredictable. Myosin II is involved in many functions, including cell contraction, migration, and adhesion. The phosphorylation of myosin regulatory light chain (MLC) by myosin light chain kinase (MLCK) determines the activity of Myosin II. However, it is still unclear whether MLC(More)
It has previously been reported that microRNA (miR)-155 is linked to the recurrence and prognosis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) following liver transplantation. However, the role of miR-155 in the invasion and metastasis of HCC cells remains largely unclear. The aim of this study was to investigate the expression of miR-155 in HCC cells and its role in(More)
The regulation of intestinal epithelial permeability requires phosphorylation of myosin regulatory light chain (MLC). The phosphorylation status of MLC is regulated by myosin light chain phosphatase (MLCP) activities. The activity of the catalytic subunit of MLCP (PP1cδ) toward MLC depends on its regulatory subunit (MYPT1). In this study, we revealed the(More)
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